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10-point review of Disney/Pixar’s “Up” (2009) PG 96min

June 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Up (2009) PG 96min

Disney/Pixar’s “Up” comes out almost 11 m0nths after release of “WALL-E” last summer. It was written and directed by Pete Docter (Toy Story 1&2, Monster, Inc., WALL-E) and Bob Peterson (Finding Nemo), who also gave his voice to the [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Drama · Movies · USA

Review: Quantum of Solace (2008) PG-13

November 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Quantum of Solace (2008)

This new James Bond’s adventure is directed by Marc Forster, famous for Monster’s Ball (but also directed such notable movies as Finding Neverland, Stranger Then Fiction and last year’s The Kite Runner). It is written by Paul Haggis, an award-winning [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review: Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) R 102min

October 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Written and directed by Kevin Smith (”Catch and Release“, “Dogma“) this romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express, Superbad, Knocked up etc.) and Elizabeth Banks (”Definitely, Maybe“, “The 40 Year Old Virgin“, “Catch me if you [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Movies · Romance · USA

RocknRolla (2008) R 114min

October 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

RocknRolla (2008)

This is the first installment of director Guy Ritchie’s trilogy, also written by him.
The plot: When Russian mobster sets up a real-estate scam in London, all the underworld characters appear to get their share of the multi-million euro deal up for [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · Foreign · Movies · UK

Review: “Bella” (2006) PG-13 91min

June 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

“Bella” (2006)

This drama directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde was a surprise People’s Choice Award winner at Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Consequently, it won Crystal Heart Award at Heartland Film Festival in 2007 and the actor in main role, Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, a prize [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Foreign · Mexico · Movies · USA

Review: “The King Of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” (2007) PG-13 79min

May 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

If you liked “Trekkies”, you will probably like this movie too – it’s a documentary about a niche in sport – competitive Donkey Kong players and their fans. If you are not watching it in theater where you pay to stay in, it will not be hard to walk away from this documentary if you are watching it on DVD. It probably qualifies as documentary for guys.

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Tags: "Guy" Films · DVD · Documentary · Movies · Sports Films

Review of “The Forbidden Kingdom” (2008) PG-13 113min

May 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Jet Lee and Jackie Chan star together in The Forbidden Kingdom, directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little I & II, Haunted Mansion) and written by John Fusco (Young Guns, The Babe, Loch Ness, Spirit: Stallion of the [...]

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Tags: Action · Additional Articles · Adventure · Fantasy · Movies · USA

Review of “Death at a Funeral” (2007) 90min

May 12th, 2008 · No Comments

From the animation and the music theme of the opening credits sequence you know you are watching a witty comedy that won director Frank Oz (famous for directing movies like Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Stepford Wives and giving his voice [...]

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Tags: Action · Comedy · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Germany · Movies · Nethedlands · Romance · Thrillers/Suspense · UK · USA

Review of “Redbelt” (2008) R 99min

May 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Redbelt (2008)

This is a mixed-martial arts movie written and directed by David Mamet, a man behind scripts for The Untouchables, Ronin and Hannibal. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor in main role, as well as Tim Allen, Mike Goldberg, Alice Braga and Ricky Jay.

The plot: In [...]

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Tags: Action · Movies · USA

Review of “Aristide and the Endless Revolution” (2005) NR 84min

May 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This documentary directed by Nicolas Rossier examines the oft-suppressed story of the 2004 coup d’etat in Haiti. Only an hour south of Miami, the elected president of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, Jean Bertrand Aristide, has twice been forced from office with complicity [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Documentary · Foreign · France · Movies

Review of “The Namesake” (2006) PG-13 122min

May 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Another wonderful movie based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri directed and produced by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding (2001), Vanity Fair (2004)) starring Irfan Khan and Kal Penn.
The plot: In the late 60s-early 70s Ashoke Ganguli (Irfan Khan) was traveling on the train [...]

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Tags: Drama

Review of “Iron Man” (2008) PG-13 122min

May 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Iron Man (2008)

We tried to see this movie on Friday night, but it was sold out. On Saturday night we got in after standing in line for half an hour and watching commercials and trailers for another 25 minutes. Was the movie worth [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Drama · Movies · Sci-Fi · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review of “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” (2008) R 1h 42min

April 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Harold And Kumar From Guantanamo Bay (2008)

John Cho and Kal Penn of “Harold & Kumar go to White Castle” are back for a sequel written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who also directed the film this time around.
The plot: The plot picks [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · Movies · Road Films · USA

Review of “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007) PG-13 113min

April 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is the sequel to 1998 Oscar-winning drama “Elizabeth”, also directed by Shekhar Kapur (The Four Feathers) starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen and Samantha Morton.
The plot: The original 1998 movie left us in 1555. The “Golden Age” picks up the story [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies

Review of “Evan Almighty” (2007) PG 90min

April 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Evan Almighty (2007)

A.k.a. “Bruce Almighty-2″, this is a sequel directed by same Tom Shadyac and starring Morgan Freeman as God and Steve Carell as TV anchorman-turned Congressman Evan Baxter.
The plot: Evan Baxter retires as Buffalo newscaster to become the Congressman for his state [...]

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Review of Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) R 112min

April 20th, 2008 · 5 Comments

“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” is a comedy directed by Nicholas Stoller who is well known for co-writing Fun With Dick and Jane with Judd Apatow – his directorial debut. It is written by Jason Segel, an actor from a few episodes of CSI and [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Movies · Romance · USA

Review of Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote

April 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I owned this remote for almost 2 years now and I loved it. Why? Because it replaced the 7 remotes that I had to use to control my home theater. Mind you, 2 years ago it was selling for about $250. Who in [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · Hardware · Home Theater

Review of “The Brave One” (2007) R 122min

April 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

“The Brave One” is a drama directed by Neil Jordan and stars Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard.
The plot: A New York woman, a radio show host Erica Bain (Jodie Foster), was brutally beaten and her fiancé, David (Naveen Andrews), killed when they took [...]

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · DVD · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review of “Smart People” (2008) 95min

April 12th, 2008 · No Comments

“Smart People” is a comedy and drama based on novel by Mark Poirier and directed by Noam Murro, an award winning director [of commercials]. Correct me if I’m wrong, but “Smart People” appears to be the first feature film he directed. I went [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Drama · Romance

Review of “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” (2008) G 88min

March 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This 3D animated film based on Dr. Seuss’ (Theodore Geisel) short story is directed by Pixar veteran Jimmy Heyward and Steve Martino and produced by Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios – the creators of the Ice Age and special effects [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Fantasy · Movies · USA